La historia verídica de una niña norteamericana de
12 años y un niño de Zimbabwe. a los que una carta
les cambió sus vidas para siempre.
Comenzó como una tarea escolar. Todos en la clase de
Caitlin escribieron a un estudiante desconocido en
algún lugar lejano. Martín tuvo suerte de recibir una
carta del proyecto de un amigo por correspondencia.
Llegaron sólo 10 cartas y había 50 niños en la clase.
Pero él era el estudiante más avanzado del grupo, de
modo que se le entregó la primera carta. Esta carta fue
el comienzo de una correspondencia que se extendió a
lo largo de 6 años y cambió sus vidas.
En esta acaparante memoria doble, Caitlin y Martín
cuentan cómo se convirtieron en mejores amigos - y en
mejores personas - gracias a sus intercambios
epistolares a gran distancia. Es un relato inspirador que
ofrece una visión más allá de la vida propia hacia la
maravilla que es el mundo y el lugar que cada persona
ocupa en él.
Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to work away, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river they encounter a madman, who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact will transcend the lives and imaginations of both its characters and its readers.
In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990's, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family.
Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990's Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings.
What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family's destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions-economic, political, and religious-and the epic beauty of its own culture.
With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation's masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.
The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from an impoverished city in Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever.
It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe writer on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of--so she chose it.
Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one.
That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.
In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --and better people--through letters. Their story will inspire readers to look beyond their own lives and wonder about the world at large and their place in it.
In 2010, the 30th anniversary year of the Independence of Zimbabwe, BBC Radio 4 commissioned two Friday Plays from leading writers. The first play, 'God's President: Mugabe of Zimbabwe' by Kwame Kwei-Armah, tells the story of the tense negotiations around the Lancaster House Conference, and the road to Zimbabwe's Independence. On 4th March 1980 the Shona majority in Rhodesia was decisive in electing Robert Mugabe to head the first post-independence government as Prime Minister. Six weeks later, on April 18th, Zimbabwe celebrated its first Independence Day. There were three months of talks in the lead up to independence and following these, on the 21st December 1979, the Lancaster House Agreement finally brought independence to Rhodesia following Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965. Margaret Thatcher's government had invited Bishop Muzorewa and Ian Smith, and the leaders of the Patriotic Front, led by Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe to participate in a Constitutional Conference at Lancaster House in London, to be chaired by the foreign secretary, Lord Carrington. The purpose of the Conference was to discuss and reach agreement on the terms of an Independence Constitution, and to ensure that elections should be supervised under British authority to enable Rhodesia to proceed to legal independence and the parties to settle their differences by political means. Starring Lucian Msamati as Robert Mugabe, Danny Sapani as Edgar Tekere and Chuk Iwuji as Bishop Muzorewa. Also amongst the cast are Richard Cordery, Tony Bell, Jude Akuwudike, William Gaminara, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Ben Onwukwe, Lloyd Thomas, Sean Baker, David Seddon and Alison Pettit. Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.